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Q&A: How Do I Keep My Milk Supply Up?

I'm having a hard time pumping enough milk for my preemie. (She was born at 30 weeks, and will have to stay in the NICU for a while.) How can I keep my supply up to pump enough for her? I'd really like to give her the benefits of breast milk.
ByCatherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Lactation Specialist
Updated
February 28, 2017
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Make sure you are using the right size pump kit — it should be comfortable and your nipples should slide without rubbing against the parts. Pumping very often (every hour or so during the day when you are awake) for a few days can help increase your supply. If this doesn’t work, try a different type or brand of pump. There are also medications that can be helpful. A breastfeeding medicine doctor (MD, IBCLC) can assess your situation and prescribe medicine to help.

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